Just because you’re socially distant, doesn’t mean you have to be out of the loop. Join the conversation as experts dig into the challenges and opportunities facing the music industry.
Join us for an anti-racism workshop and roundtable conversation about true allyship in music as we learn about the formation of racist ideologies, how they affect our lives and our industry, and identify ways in which we can create change as individuals, and as a community.
Dr. Raygine DiAquoi, Asst. Dean of Diversity, Culture & Inclusion, Columbia University
Nicole Barsalona, President, Women in Music / Artist Manager
More speakers to be announced!
Date: Tuesday, January 27, 2021, 7:00 – 8:00 PM
In 2019, 94% of scores for the top 250 box office films were written by men. There are no official stats about race and ethnicity. Get advice and perspectives from composers and filmmakers about what we can do to reduce barriers and increase opportunities for the many composers yet to be included in one of the world’s most popular art forms.
Confirmed panelists: Composer & artist Tamar-Kali and composer, artist and educator Nico Muhly.
Date: Thursday, March 25, 2021, 5:00 – 6:00 PM
Radio has long worked hand in hand with the world of activism. Since its inception this medium has been well known for having a hyper-local connection with the community, and for their ability to respond to and share news with the public whether through words or music. That trend has continued over the years, but as the medium has grown we’ve also seen DJs and radio personalities create truly innovative roles for themselves off the mic to help their communities build and grow. Our panelists will discuss what’s changed in the way radio engages with their audiences, and what the roles and responsibilities as programmers, DJs and music industry professionals look like today.
Date: March 2021
This discussion will review modern approaches to electronic music creation with panelist Ebonie Smith, Margaret Schedel, Cristian Amigo, and moderator Izzi Ramkissoon. The panelist will discuss the latest music technology trends and how innovation in the field of technology has influenced their creative process. Each artist will review different strategies for working on electronic music compositions, musical theater, and the interactive musical performances.
Date: Wednesday, March 24, 2021, 6:30 – 7:30 PM
INTERLUDE+ is a hands-on music & art three-part workshop series for and by the LGBTQ+ community, bringing together respected musicians, artists and industry leaders to inspire a new generation of creatives in nontraditional virtual environments.
Date: Sunday, April 11, 2021. 3:00 – 6:00 PM
Hear from composers and representatives of the orchestral world about how we can support and promote symphonic music which better reflects the diverse communities of NYC. What are the barriers for composers and what can the leaders of major institutions do to transform the current and future landscape?
Confirmed speakers: Composer Jessie Montgomery with more to be announced soon.
Date: Thursday, April 22, 2021, 5:00 – 6:00 PM
This panel will provide an introduction to the inner workings and the importance of non-commercial radio with a focus on what NYC’s independent music community, and specifically non-commercial radio stations are doing to fight for racial and social justice on air and beyond. The conversation is inspired by a newly formed nonprofit group called FairPlay made up of radio stations, DJs, record labels, music industry professionals and activists all over the US that have been meeting weekly to discuss strategies for combating racism and amplifying BIPOC voices and stories. We’ll be joined by local flagship non-commercial radio stations to talk about the ways they’ve evolved to serve their communities, as well as by key organizations working to encourage diversity through structural change. We’ll discuss everyone’s current initiatives and share ideas on how to encourage diversity from within in order to truly serve your audience.
Date: April 2021
This master class will enable aspiring artists to gain insight into the modern-day music industry from Billboard’s 2020 Executive of the Year, Kevin Liles. Kevin Liles, Music Mogul, and Entrepreneur will cover the 101 of the music business journey. Kevin Liles will retrace his professional journey. He will discuss his successes, failures, and reasons he is stronger and grateful for them.
Date: June 2021